The BEST Episodes of Expedition Unknown
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration. This authentic, roughshod adventure leads Gates closer to the truth behind these unanswered global enigmas, such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane. Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer with a unique brand of humor and passion for off-the-map excursions.
#1 - Chasing the Fortune of Sir Francis Drake
Season 7 - Episode 3
Josh Gates searches land and sea for the lost fortune of legendary pirate Sir Francis Drake. Joining treasure hunters and maritime archaeologists, Josh hunts for a lost cache of Spanish gold and the remains of Drake himself.
#2 - Egypt's Lost Queens
Season 4 - Episode 8
Josh Gates continues his journey through Egypt to unearth the secrets and possibly the final resting places of Nefertiti and Cleopatra.
#3 - Deciphering the Last Nazi Code
Season 6 - Episode 1
Josh Gates ventures into the former Third Reich in search of an elusive Nazi fortune hidden with a code allegedly created by Hitler's private secretary, and embedded into a piece of sheet music.
#4 - Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Season 7 - Episode 1
Josh Gates travels to the Holy Land to dig in with an archaeologist who has recently discovered new Dead Sea Scrolls. Josh also sees cutting-edge technology restore scroll fragments in a way that could change how we read the Bible.
#5 - Great Women of Ancient Egypt
Season 4 - Episode 7
Josh Gates strives to uncover the buried secrets of three of the most powerful and elusive women in ancient Egypt -- Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra; a facial reconstruction project is commissioned to reveal the face of King Tut's mother.
#6 - Treasure of the Copper Scroll
Season 7 - Episode 2
Josh Gates investigates a unique Dead Sea Scroll etched with riddles that could lead to an ancient treasure. Following new leads, Josh treks into the punishing Jordanian desert in search of the potential fortune.
#7 - Mystery of Dead Mountain
Season 7 - Episode 4
Braving the sub-zero conditions of Siberia, Josh Gates investigates one of the strangest and most brutal cold cases of all-time: the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Nine Soviet hikers died suspiciously. Sixty years later, no one knows how or why.
#8 - Pyramid of Legends
Season 5 - Episode 1
Josh ventures into the ancient Mayan city of El Mirador in search of the lost tombs of a mysterious ruling dynasty, called "the Snake Kings".
#9 - Siberia's Coldest Case
Season 7 - Episode 5
Josh Gates concludes his in-depth investigation of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Taking on Dead Mountain's brutal conditions, Josh and two investigators re-trace the last steps of the hikers. A big discovery could finally solve the mystery.
#10 - Lost City of El Mirador
Season 5 - Episode 2
Josh concludes his investigation into the mysterious Maya city of El Mirador, from the possible burial of the elusive Snake Kings to uncovering the secrets behind the fall of one of history's greatest ancient cities.
#11 - America's Lost WWII Hero
Season 6 - Episode 7
Josh Gates explores the case of lost World War II hero Gertrude "Tommy" Tompkins of the Women Air Force Service Pilots, who went missing when her P-51 Mustang crashed. Josh joins search teams using cutting-edge technology to bring the lost hero home.
#12 - The Secret
Season 4 - Episode 4
Josh travels all over the US to find the treasures featured in The Secret, a cryptic book published in the 1980s. He meets with members of the book's cult following, who each think they're on the verge of finding one of the 10 remaining treasures.
#13 - Hunt For The Metal Library
Season 4 - Episode 6
Josh travels through the jungles of Ecuador to explore the watery depths of Tayos Cave for a legendary set of metal plates believed to be created by an advanced ancient civilization.
#14 - Finding Fenn's Fortune
Season 2 - Episode 6
Josh joins a treasure hunt searching for a $2,000,000 treasure planted in the modern day. He attempts to decode the clues of the treasure's location by following a cryptic poem, leading him deep into the harsh Rocky Mountains.
#15 - Lost Tomb of the Mummy
Season 7 - Episode 8
Josh Gates heads to an active dig site in Egypt, where he joins famous archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass on the cusp of an incredible discovery: the mummy of an ancient High Priest.
#16 - Lost Gold of Scotland
Season 6 - Episode 4
Hunting for a lost cache of gold, Josh Gates heads to the Scottish Highlands. His search focuses on a huge gold reserve hidden after the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 and never recovered. Josh joins treasure hunters chasing a new lead across the Highlands.
#17 - Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!
Season 3 - Episode 17
Josh Gates travels the coast of Florida and to the newly opened country of Cuba in search of sunken treasure from a fleet of Spanish ships sunk in 1715. The hunt takes him deep into the Atlantic and into the previously sealed National Archives of Cuba.
#18 - The Hunt for the Golden Owl
Season 6 - Episode 8
Josh Gates stalks prey that has eluded capture for 25 years, the Golden Owl. A book of riddles gives cryptic clues to where the Owl statuette, worth half a million dollars, is hidden. Josh joins treasure hunters using new leads to chase the fortune.
#19 - Mysteries of Jesus
Season 6 - Episode 2
Josh Gates journeys to the Holy Land to find out where Jesus was born; his investigation leads to potentially explosive revelations that may change people's understanding of Jesus' origin story.
#20 - Nazis in Argentina
Season 5 - Episode 3
Josh ventures to Argentina, where many Nazi SS officers escaped to after World War II.
#21 - Vikings In America
Season 4 - Episode 2
Josh traces the Vikings' westward expansion from the volcanic landscape of Iceland to a mysterious settlement in Greenland; he aims to find out if the Vikings landed in the United States more than 500 years before any other Europeans.
#22 - Atlantis of the Andes
Season 6 - Episode 3
Josh Gates dives into a mystery below South America's Lake Titicaca. During the investigation, Josh discovers multiple structures of the ancient Tiwanaku people, including ruins hidden in the lake's depths, dubbed "The Atlantis of the Andes".
#23 - Viking Secrets
Season 4 - Episode 1
From Denmark and Iceland to the United States and Canada, Josh Gates treads into Viking territory in an effort to unlock answers to their most enduring secrets, including how they attained and sustained their power and how far they really traveled.
#24 - Solved: Mystery of the Lost Ruby Slippers
Season 5 - Episode 7
After more than a decade of searching, the mystery behind the missing pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the most-watched film of all time "The Wizard of Oz" has been solved.
#25 - Legend of the Crystal Skull
Season 6 - Episode 6
Josh Gates enters Central America's jungles to investigate the legendary crystal skull discovered by a renowned adventurer who was the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Josh probes whether the skull is an invaluable relic or archaeology's tallest tale.